Info-link: U.S. PWC Market

US_PWC_Market_Snapshot

PWC (Personal Watercraft) are the motorcycle of the marine world, powered by jet propulsion, and are less than 14’ in length. They are quite prolific across the country in both salt and freshwater environments and frequently sold in pairs. PWCs are sometimes referred to as jet skis and can carry up to three passengers on larger models.


Here’s a quick summary:

  • There are currently just under 1.4 million PWCs registered in the U.S., over half of them (55%) were purchased new or pre-owned during the past 5 years.
  • The average PWC is 14 years old and roughly 55,000 of them are being retired from the fleet each year.
  • Last year, 65% of all PWCs were purchased pre-owned (35% New).
  • 34% of the people that purchased PWCs in 2019 were first-time-boat buyers and 59% of them own another boat (including another PWC)
  • On average, PWC owners are 45 years old, skewing somewhat younger than boat owners in general.

Related Content

Sea Tow Foundation Issues Official Call for Entry for 2021 “National Boating Industry Safety Awards”

The Sea Tow Foundation in cooperation with its newly rebranded Boating Safety Advisory Council (formerly North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council) has issued the official call for entry for its 2021 “National Boating Industry Safety Awards.”

Read More

DeVaul “De” Henderson

In partnership with NauticEd, De co-developed the first combined online knowledge and on-the-water practical training program for basic sailing education, which has set a new industry benchmark. NauticEd features an extensive e-learning theory curriculum for sailing knowledge coupled with practical on-the-water skills training programs facilitated via a global network of experienced instructors. To date, NauticEd has provided more than a quarter million sailing courses to students worldwide.

Read More

Widespread Increase in Boating Activity and Access to Boating & Education Reported by Water Sports Foundation

Strong Surge Reported in Boat Sales, Shared Boating Platforms and Boating Education ORLANDO, Fla. – July 27, 2021 – When it comes to boating activity, 2020 proved an epic year with the pandemic delivering an upside surprise to the recreational boating industry. People took to the water in historic numbers as a safe escape from […]

Read More